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Dive Review of Wanna Dive Kona/Condo rental via VRBO in

September, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Cindy Edgerton, WA, US
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Report Number 5988
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Fiji (Beqa, Taveuni, Kadavu, Naigani, Yasawas, Mamanucas), Bonaire, Maui,
Kauai, Florida
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, choppy, surge  
Water Temp
77   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
90   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Back on the boat with 500 psi.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Camera rinse tanks provided on boat. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
4 stars   
3 stars    
Instructors/Divemasters: Cathy and Bob are very experienced, helpful and
friendly. They are great at finding the hard to find fish and critters you
want to see like pipefish, frogfish, leaf scorpionfish, etc. And theyre
photographers too so will do all they can to make your trip the best. Just
tell you what you want to see and if it possible, they will show you what
you ask for.
Boat: 30 foot boat with twin outboards. It has a great ladder  its not
easy to smash your fingers in this one. The boat is that it is limited to a
maximum of six divers (customers) plus crew. There is plenty of room for
six divers but the owner and captain (Steve Frisbie) will take the boat out
with as few as two divers. We have been diving with Wanna Dive on five
separate trips and their boat is rarely full except over peak seasons like
Christmas and sometimes in the summer. This boat is plenty big enough for
the Kona coast where the waters are fairly protected, especially compared
to Maui and the other Hawaiian islands. But the best thing about a
six-passenger boat is that you dont have a lot of other divers in the
water spooking the fish and Wanna Dive allows you to dive your own profile
based on your skill level and air consumption. On this last trip, our dives
lasted an average of 1 hour, 13 minutes each (with several at 1 ½
hours). Nice!

Dive Locations: The Kona Coast is our favorite Hawaii Dive location  the
Kona coast has more interesting topography and more coral than Kauai or
Maui. And the sheltered seas mean that you dont have to meet at 6:30 (like
on Maui) to beat the wind  and you dont need a large boat carrying 12 or
more divers. We usually met our boat at the Honokohau Harbor about 9 a.m.
which allows for a leisurely breakfast (who wants to rush on vacation?)

We can highly recommend Wanna Dive for all dive levels, especially as long
as Cathy and Bob are there. Theyre great for beginners and advanced
divers. Enjoy!
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